The death rate for Alzheimer’s disease has continued to increase, whereas the rates for HIV, stroke, and heart disease have dropped.
The number of Americans who have Alzheimer’s disease is 5.4 million, and rising.
There is no known cure for Alzheimer’s, and most of the risk factors, such as aging and genetics; nevertheless, there’s at least one thing you can do to reduce your chances of developing this tragic disease. Believe it or not, that thing is brush and floss your teeth regularly. How can such oral preventive care possibly lower the chances of developing Alzheimer’s? It all ties back to gum disease (periodontal disease).
Gum disease is an infection causing inflammation. A study at NYU in 2010 discovered gum inflammation contributes to brain inflammation, as well as neurodegeneration and Alzheimer’s disease.
Preventive measures against gum disease can improve your chances of avoiding Alzheimer’s in future years (periodontal disease is also linked to tooth loss, heart disease, diabetes, and other serious problems).
An American develops Alzheimer’s disease every 69 seconds. In the time it takes you to brush and floss each day, several more people are victimized with Alzheimer’s.
Schedule your next dental checkup. Dr. DeFinnis and our team will examine your mouth for periodontal disease and help reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s and other serious systemic conditions.